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How to Harvest Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins are one of the many delights of the autumn season. They make a delicious addition to muffins and pies, and are nearly entirely edible. The pumpkin flesh is the most commonly used portion, but the seeds have many uses as well. Once harvested the seeds can be shelled and eaten raw, they can b

How to Get Moles Out of Your Yard

You can use many strategies to combat moles in your lawn. You can try to poison them, use a mole repellent, try high frequency sound generators, flood their tunnels and even construct underground barriers to halt their movement. Many of these methods are untested, however, or are only occasionally e

How to Grow Lettuce in the Shade

Lettuce is a cool-weather vegetable that grows well in the early spring or fall. Choose from loose-leaf or crisp varieties when growing lettuce in the home garden. Because lettuce likes the cooler temperatures, it is generally not grown in the heat of the summer. A 2001 study for the Organic Farming

Growing Red Hot Cherry Peppers

About the size of a golf ball and not quite as hot as jalapeno peppers, red hot cherry peppers are good for freezing, canning, pickling, or fresh and stuffed as appetizers. The pepper plant grows well in containers or gardens, reaching a height of 24 to 36 inches with round, heart-shaped hot peppers

How Tall Is a Nectarine Tree?

Nectarines are smooth-skinned stone fruits closely related to peaches, but with more redder and smoother skin. These trees are relatively easy to grow in the home garden as long as they have well-drained, fertile soil and receive regular training. Nectarine trees vary significantly in size, dependin

How to Plant Roses in Clay Soil

Roses grow best in a loamy soil, but few of us have a perfect loam for growing roses occurring naturally in our gardens. It is important to prepare the soil prior to planting roses no matter what kind of soil you have. If planting into clay soil, it is even more important to prepare the soil in orde

How to Arrange Calla Lilies

Very few flowers have as statuesque an appearance as the gracefully tall calla lily. These exotic and ornate flowers, with their colorful trumpet-shaped blossoms, can create an eye-catching, sophisticated floral arrangement. As you arrange calla lilies, handle the flowers properly to ensure that the

How to Fertilize Silver King Corn

Silver King sweet corn (Zea mays) grows up to 10 feet tall and produces 8-inch-long ears with white, sweet kernels. Silver King is a sweet corn variety that can grow in a wide range of climates for an autumn harvest, maturing in about 82 days. Beloved for its disease resistance and ease of growing,

Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Off of Tomato Plants

Healthy soil can help tomato plants resist peststomato plants image by JLycke from Fotolia.comTomato plants are vulnerable to insect pests including aphids, armyworms, flea beetles, fruitworms, hornworms, and tarnished plant bugs. You can prevent damage from these insects by maintaining...

How to Make a Birch Vase

Birch vases have become synonymous to wedding centerpieces, but they fit right into decorations at any ceremony. They are simple, natural and elegant next to about any flower. Birch bark is thin, flexible and white with dark striations. These properties make it possible to cut, shape and wrap it aro

Online Care Tips for House Plants and Flowers

Leafy and flowering plants add beauty and color to your home and help filter and moisten the air. Growing houseplants can be a rewarding hobby, made even more enjoyable by having the information you need for the specific types of plants you want to grow. In addition to the thousands of books availab

Shriveling Cacti

A shriveling cactus is certainly not a healthy plant. Typically, if a cactus is shriveling, the problem has something to do with water. The amount of water that a cactus gets, the way that water is delivered and the pathways that it needs to travel through to reach the plant all affect the plant's u

How to Plant California Poppies

California poppies are easy to grow and can brighten the home garden with their sunny, golden flowers. It is no wonder that they are California's official state flower. These plants grow to be about 12 to 18 inches tall and that makes them a favorite for the middle of a flowerbed. They also grow wel

Ligustrum Tree Types

The genus Ligustrum contains about 50 species, and most are native to Asia, Europe, Australia and Malaysia. Several types of ligustrum thrive in U.S. gardens, however, and are suitable for a variety of uses including specimen plantings, hedges and formal, shaped shrubbery. Ligustrum is often used as

What Is Eating My Rose Bush?

There are several insects that commonly feed on rose bushes. If your rose bush is showing signs of damage, such as yellowing leaves, you may have an insect eating your bush. These are some common insects found on rose bushes with tips on how to identify the insect.

How do I Trim Knock Out Rose Trees?

Knock Out roses were introduced and patented by breeder William Radler in 1998 and received the All-American Rose Selection award in 2000. They have been developed and bred specifically for maintenance reduction as well as beauty. Common rose disease problems such as black spot have been bred out of

How Are Daylilies Raised?

Due to the efforts of scientists and devoted hobbyists, daylilies, once considered weeds, provide acknowledged beauty in American gardens. Hundreds of local and state societies work within the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) to set standards for raising daylilies.

Growing a Licorice Fern

The licorice fern is native to temperate forests along the pacific coast of North America. It thrives in moist, shaded environments from northern California to Alaska. As an epiphyte, the licorice fern is often found growing on moss-covered trees. Despite its misty arboreal home, the licorice fern m

How to Kill Wasps Safely and Naturally

Wasps are nature's natural garden pest control. They eat tomato hornworms and all kinds of bad bugs but sometimes we have to get rid of wasp nests near our homes. Here is how to safely and naturally do it.

How to Transplant a Rhododendron

Rhododendrons provide rich color in early spring that lasts for several weeks. After blooming, these shrubs offer attractive foliage and provide shelter for birds. Available in white, purple, red, orange and yellow, these prolific bloomers are ideal in nearly any landscape and can provide depth and